Despite a postponement that meant cancellations and ticket prices more exclusive than inclusive, Wonderfruit returned for a third year in strong form to remind Thailand that it delivers a festive spectacle unlike anything else.

Possibly its best-organized outing yet, Wonderfruit drew feather-festooned city girls, toddler-toting families, pan-Asian adventurers, Euroguest expats, some grandmas, a few pregnant women – and their little pugs too.

Amid all the spent plastic cups* and food trays were strong messages about reducing consumption and planetary impact along with capoeira for kids, karma-repair sessions, Buakaw beat-down lessons, cryptofinance discussions, tasty eats and impressive displays of structural creativity.

Of course there’s music too, but it isn’t Wonderfruit’s strongest appeal. By midnight, about half the crowd departs, while the other half go to express their spirituality to pounding techno until sunrise.


We asked the Wonderfolks if there would be a Wonderfruit 2017 proper, but they are a cagey lot and said they were not ready to talk about it. That said, expect at least two more years of the festival as the original commitment to sponsors was for five years. — TR

* Spent ‘biodegradable plant-based’ plastic cups, Wonderfruit notes

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Scene in The Quarry

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Farm Stage


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Khaosod English columnist Mongkorn Timkul, aka DJ Dragon, early Sunday morning at the Quarry stage.
Junun featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express at the main stage on Saturday night.
Junun featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express at the main stage on Saturday night.
Main Stage
Main Stage
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Solar Stage
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Solar Stage
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The Quarry
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Always bouncing at the Molam Bus.

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